Mental Illness Test Inherently Flawed

by | May 20, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe psychiatrist’s test for mental illness is ever more inclusive. Normal behavior such as grieving for a deceased loved one, temper tantrums, and even hoarding disorder (“persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.”) are now mental disorders, according to the latest version of their psychiatric Bible, the DSM 5.
So when a law is presented to “help” mentally ill veterans and those incarcerated (such as Florida Bill HR 401) it makes sense to view it with a skeptical eye. Those who benefit most from a mental illness diagnosis are the psychiatrists and psychologists who are paid for this dubious treatment, as well as the pharmaceutical companies who profit enormously from increased drug sales paid for by the taxpayer.
The losers are those receiving this “treatment”.
The Veteran’s Treatment Court program (a court program involving collaboration among criminal justice, veterans, and mental health and substance abuse agencies) states the assistance program will provide “a full continuum of treatment services, including mental health services, substance abuse services, medical services, and services to address trauma.”
This is alarming, as the rate of suicide among military veterans has already climbed substantially under psychiatric treatment.

  • In 2010, the Pentagon spent $280 million on psychiatric drugs.
  • There are 8,000 suicides yearly by US veterans and soldiers. That translates to 22 suicides daily
  • 33% of those same suicides are a direct result of medication side effects
  • More soldiers are dying from medications than from Al-Qaeda attacks
  • Prescriptions for Ritalin and Adderall for active duty soldiers have increased 1,000% in just the past half decade.
  • For every soldier who dies in battle, 25 die by suicide
  • Active duty soldiers on psychiatric medication take, on average, a combination of 3-5 different prescriptions.

Florida Bill HR 401 also lays out the capabilities of a correctional facility, especially re: the “mental health” of those incarcerated as follows:
“to identify and screen for eligible inmates;
“to plan and provide—initial and periodic assessments of the clinical, medical, and social needs of inmates; and appropriate treatment and services that address the mental health and substance abuse needs of inmates;
“to develop, implement, and enhance—post-release transition plans for eligible inmates that, in a comprehensive manner, coordinate health, housing, medical, employment, and other appropriate services and public benefits;
“to train each employee of the correctional facility to identify and appropriately respond to incidents involving inmates with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.”
Obviously, a person incarcerated is at the mercy of those watching over his daily life, be it enforced psychiatric drugging or other dubious treatment. The track record of prison guards has little to recommend that they will be able to “appropriately respond to incidents” involving inmates.
For example, a new study from the Justice Department shows that sex abuse allegations in correctional facilities are growing, and that correctional officers are often the abusers. To put another weapon into the hands of prison officers would be foolhardy at best.
There is growing proof that psychiatric drugs are a complete failure and actually contribute to increased incidents of murder and suicide. The enactment of further laws giving these out of control industries (psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies) even more power is dangerous indeed.


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